When considering your first job offer, it’s easy to focus on the number and all of the zeroes at the end. But don’t lose track of the part of your compensation that falls outside of that dollar figure—the benefits, from health insurance to vacation days to bonuses, that you’ll need to weigh nearly as much as salary. In fact, the value of benefits packages provided by architecture firms averages an additional 18 percent of base pay. It’s important to know how the benefits offered by the companies you’re interviewing with stack up against the greater industry. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from AIA’s latest Compensation Report that can help you plan. And keep in mind that benefits can vary widely based on firm size; while larger firms may have heftier packages important to some job seekers, smaller companies may offer flexible or lifestyle perks more appealing to others
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